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pakistan raises a lot of on america's drone campaign which has taken hundreds of innocent lives despite the u.s. claims that very few civilians come under fire. when the drone heat i was outside with my grandma everything became dark i was scared a pakistani girl who survived a u.s. drone attack travels to washington to tell congress how her home was destroyed and her grandmother killed. the e.u. isn't satisfied with washington's explanation of n.s.a. surveillance allegations germany wants edward snowden himself to shed some light on reports of its chancellor's phone it being tapped. brazil germany higher. speed of course and this is going to
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repeat itself is a roughly video agency speaks exclusively to n.s.a. leaks reporter glenn greenwald who is skeptical that america will stop its surveillance anytime soon. and behind the barbed wire travels to the notorious one told him obey detention camp where the military staff denies that the facilities are dark reputation mired by alleged torture and suicides is anywhere close to reality. broadcasting live from our studios in moscow recapping the week's top stories this is r t with the weekly now a pakistani family that witnessed a cia drone strike which killed their grandmother headed to washington this week to testify before congress and he's going to church can was at the emotional briefing
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where family members ask u.s. lawmakers why their home was targeted in the deadly attack. this was the first time actual victims of u.s. drone strikes were in congress and apart from the congressman who initiated this briefing i saw only four other members of congress it's no secret the u.s. congress generally approves of drone strikes so it's very difficult to expect a sudden change of heart even though hard was with these drone victims were appealing to one of the twenty fourth of last year a u.s. drone strike left this pakistani family devastated the nine year old girl and her thirteen year old brother nearly escaped death that day their sixty seven year old grandmother was killed vegetables in the garden. i no longer love blue skies i prefer the gray skies the drones do not fly when the skies are gray and for a short period of time the mental time and fear eases but when this kind of brightens the drones return and so does the fear you know this family has never been abroad out of their home in north waziristan and the father of this family
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said he looked at the life around here. he wished his children to be able to walk the streets not afraid of being bombed that in a moment. my mother was killed my children were injured i'm so glad that people are going to hear our story that's why we came to america they have no idea why our village in my house to talk to. the family came to washington of course hoping to get answers to why they have to live in fear every day i have no idea why my grandmother was here and when the drone hit i was outside with my grandmother everything became dark i was scared so i started to run then i noticed my hand was bleeding so i tried to clean my hand but not kept coming out but i was very scared so i just kept running. we also learned that the u.s. government did not grant to the lawyer of this family prominent practice any lawyer who has sued the cia in the past on behalf of the victim so brown strikes in
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pakistan four hundred fifty thousand population of more tourists. in a concentration camp they're being picked on this is off what kind of blow to if someone has long for someone driving. s.u.v.s but this is how they being targeted and at the same time they're not really in a position to leave the area the purpose of this briefing was to put a human face to drone strikes there's a for a chance that in congress the tragedy of this family will fall on deaf ears but there is hope that the public will pick notice in washington i'm going to check out well according to the united states the three hundred seventy six. drone attacks which have been carried out over the past decade have claimed few civilian lives but local reports indicate at least nine hundred innocent people including two hundred children have been killed in pakistan documentary filmmaker robert greenwald took the story of the raymond family as inspiration for his latest movie
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and says the public doesn't understand the consequences of drones people want to believe in santa claus and they also want to believe that there's a simple solution to these incredibly complicated problems when we started reading that the drones were killing only high value targets of represented an imminent threat it doesn't make sense it's just not possible so i think there was a kind of hopefulness yes finally we found a magic pill which is part of it some of it is the fact that american soldiers warrant there so people said it doesn't matter as important is that you know the families seeking to all kinds of americans people who have a mother or have a father and who look at them and can't justify the killing that we've done and then you have this extraordinary militarily industrial electoral complex bipartisan that agrees that the way to solve problems is by invading occupying
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intro and we have to change all of it this week the u.s. drone program has also dealt a blow to the peace process in the country a strike killed of the country's taliban leader just a day before a government delegation was set to start negotiations with the group the nation is now on high security alert over fears militants could retaliate pakistan's interior minister accused washington of sabotaging efforts to end the violence a local expert told us he believes it's the pakistani people who pay the price. the prime minister of pakistan was in washington d.c. only a week back and he had spoken to president obama taken him into confidence regarding the dialogue process and it also made a request for the drone attacks to stop because they thought he. had made it a precondition but the drone attacks must come to an end before they come to the dialogue be able but instead of the drone attacks being stop big continued so i knew what he was going to suffer it is going to be the people of pakistan and not
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the us the united states does not have the right to be judge jury and executors all rolled into one with doubt and they are taught it to an even delegation and a separate group from germany were in washington this week to try and find out more about the n.s.a.'s alleged spying activities but the diplomats and m.e.p. is didn't get the answers they were looking for the e.u. group failed to get any clarification on reports that world leaders were spied on and whether or not the white house knew about it it remains to be seen what actions europe will take now after relations with washington took a serious hit germany has been fuming over allegations that angle of merkel's phone could have been tapped since two thousand and two three years before she became chancellor one of the country's m.p.'s wants edward snowden to testify on the matter because he doesn't trust u.s. intelligence officials. believe he will because i think it's
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important to work together with mr snowden rather than putting him in prison we'd like more clarity on these allegations and we want to make sure something like this doesn't happen again snowden worked for many years for the cia and n.s.a. so i'm sure he could tell us everything we need to know about the leaked documents because as we've seen the n.s.a. has been very scarce with providing information i also think that the organization including n.s.a. chief keith alexander aren't always being truthful they once claimed they'll never break german laws on their surveillance operations. but tapping the chancellor's phone is not legal that's why i have trouble trusting u.s. intelligence officials. american security officials and policymakers have been placing the blame on each other over who is responsible for organized global surveillance here is the u.s. secretary of state john kerry explaining why the white house didn't know what exactly the n.s.a. is doing. so they have
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a. lot of the other. technology is there it is there over the course of all of. that statement doesn't match up with the explanation given by the n.s.a. chief though keith alexander said his agency was being told who to spy on by policymakers including u.s. ambassadors despite the ongoing surveillance scandal and what seems like a rift between the u.s. intelligence and the state department nothing will change that's what the man who has been releasing these n.s.a. leaks glenn greenwald told our ruptly video agency. brazil germany. and speaking of course in the united states is going to repeat itself continuously for the next several weeks or months almost every country around the world to be very clear objective of you say is to not just throw this but to keep it for as long as they can so the big time. if you're
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a citizen whose behavior you want to also learn everything they've been doing in terms of who they've been communicating with edward snowden meanwhile explained why he gave out these n.s.a. documents in the first place let's take a look at his manifesto of truth published in germany's there spiegel magazine as the name implies that the n.s.a. whistleblower insisted that people who tell the truth are not committing any crime but some governments don't feel that way according to snowden he blames them for unprecedented campaigns of persecution in response to the leaks the manifesto says society has a moral obligation to ensure that there are laws which limit surveillance and protect human rights ultimately snowden is glad his leaks led to a debate over surveillance which could create reforms and mission who has a whistleblower with the m i five. she thinks that the problem is that current legislation isn't keeping up with advanced spying technology. who is actually
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breaking the or here because all the grounds that the spy agency say they are legally allowed to smile nexus and appear to be very legally dubious at best we're seeing in the last decade is the sheer technological scale of the spying its industrial scales by the new technology has allowed this to happen and the laws which are supposed to oversee and democratically oversee how we are spied on are just not keeping up the twentieth century laws so now we're dealing with twenty first century tech. and later in the program state of denial. you'll ask them how do you feel right now and they'll be able to point to it we have not had a patient in this area thank you in just a few minutes we report from the notorious one ton of obaid detention center where over a dozen inmates are undergoing a daily torture force feeding procedure described by the staff there as merely uncomfortable plus. syria takes one of more step towards
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being free of chemical weapons with the successful destruction of all its production facilities after the break we take a look at the disarm and the challenges that still lie ahead for the war torn country.
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we speak your language. news programs and documentaries in spanish matters to you. use a little turn to angle stories. here. spanish. visit. and welcome back you're watching the weekly here on our team eight months in a dozen guantanamo bay inmates still remain on hunger strike protesting their indefinite detention and the alleged use of torture camps staff is force feeding those refusing to eat a procedure that has been described as a brutal and extremely painful artie's honest traveled to the notorious prison to
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investigate what is really happening there. every morning at eight am the u.s. national anthem erupts across the beast that holds america's most scandalous prison no one likes to be spit on no one wants to have their own on torture hunger strikes and suicides have marred this place since two thousand and two and they're human beings after all they're there's no reason to expect that they enjoy being here you know we pretend otherwise prisoners held indefinitely in the name of the never ending war on terror whether they're innocent or guilty is not our job right now we have the court system determined that in just over a decade a total of seven hundred seventy nine prisoners the majority released without charges today one hundred sixty four remain over half of them cleared for release but still kept locked up. on the other side of the barbed wire. life is a blast. to water and it's nice there's nothing really bad about here
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just like any common american town now is awfully scared to come here but i mean it's absolutely beautiful place and you get around all the other stuff getting around the other stuff is not hard a lot of what goes on here is kept under a thick veil of denial and secrecy delta house is a hospital and library and this is also a place where patients are force fed and even though the hunger strike is largely and officially said to be over we know that at least fifteen people are continually being force fed here today a tube is passed down through a person's nostril and pushed all the way down to their stomach before it's passed down the nose we lubricate it and we give the patient a choice do they want to have the key which is a agent who will numb the area or if they want olive oil to lubricate the tube. most of our patients have been using all of the will.
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in fact some of our patients are so. used to this they will describe which nostril they want this while major world medical bodies are in agreement that force feeding is not ethical and should not be practiced the force feeding them i've got my clients of experience to guantanamo they've certainly described this torture the restraint chair that they're strapped into they actually call the torture chair an arabic force feeding takes up to forty five minutes and is performed twice a day the patients that had the civilian world have said it feel strange i've never heard insisting on. i have not heard that good move fish oils are beyond nonchalant about the highly criticized practice you might feel differently from the way i might feel uncomfortable has been the most of it i have heard but they don't even believe in what this thing anymore because they know it sounds stupid i volunteer that the procedure be demonstrated on me requesting the prisoners who've not met one another and speak different languages keep saying the same thing that we were
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tortured used. to the chair legs to the ground. strap across and they forced in a tube into our noses never in thirteen years have detainees been allowed to speak directly to a journalist while remaining at get most only leaking statements through lawyers they would love nothing more than to sit down with journalists and just tell them you know about their daily lives but communicating seems to only occur here if someone was it a point where maybe they had been verbalizing a lot of hopelessness we were immediately intervene and try to assist that person to make sure that there wasn't any thoughts of maybe wanting to harm themselves or in their lives with charts like these often used to pinpoint patients despair you asked them how do you feel right now and they'll be able to point to it we have not had a patient in this area. thank heavens meanwhile six suicides and dozens of suicide
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attempts have taken place at the detention facility we haven't seen any autopsies the u.s. government hasn't released any formal reports or findings we're now inside two active camps at guantanamo camp five fold single cells where the so-called less compliant detainees are held camp number six is one filled with communal cells when officials deem that detainees have behaved better there will be rewarded by being allowed to live in groups while detainees are kept away from what we witness are clean empty prison cells with cozy pajamas colgate toothpaste and maximum security shampoos paraded in front of journalists as proof everything is so much better here than any silly horror stories we all have heard and. cuba. goes got more news awaiting for you on our website including britain it has scrapped a plan to force people from india pakistan and some african countries to make a cash deposit of over three thousand pounds for
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a six month visa after the policy caused outrage at home and abroad you can head to our team dot com for the full story. plus are you ready to become heidi. drops a proposal for a swedish citizen to change their name to gender mix one in return for helping them set up a new life in berlin on our website of all the details on the wacky ad campaign. this week is syria passed a milestone in its chemical disarmament successfully destroying on time all of the production facilities the complete annihilation of all its existing stockpiles is now scheduled to be completed by the end of june but as artie's policy reports from damascus meeting that deadline could be a major challenge. dangerous and dirty that's how the nobel prize committee described the work of chemical weapons inspectors inside syria not to mention
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a brutally tight deadline october twenty five damascus provides a detailed plan of its chemical weapons stockpiles done october twenty seven foreign inspectors visited all declared sites missed. syria finishes destroying all equipment used in the production and mixing of poison gas and nerve agents don we should eliminate i mean what about a week but you know this is a very complicated process complications filled by so called security concerns and that's the reason why one deadline already has been missed one of the biggest problems the team faces is how to access sites in rebel controlled areas so far the rebels have been unwilling to cooperate part inspectors have managed to visit twenty one of twenty three sites and although they haven't furby blame the rebels damascus insists it's doing its share until. those. sites being
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visited are under government control and we hope those who are controlling the. two groups two of them to implement what they are expected to implement it's the most difficult mission if undertaken by the organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons destroying a country's chemical weapons stockpiles in the midst of a civil war. syria actually stopped producing chemical weapons in one thousand nine hundred eight as a possessed alternatives that can be a strategic substitution and are not in conflict with international law but none of this answers the reason why foreign inspectors are in damascus in the first place a chemical attack on august twenty first in which hundreds of people were killed off two rockets with seven gets fired at damascus or suburbs those responsible austerlitz knowledge the next deadline in the destruction of syria's chemical weapons program is the middle of next year by then damascus must have destroyed or removed its entire stockpile and ambitious timeline in very difficult circumstances
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policy r t damascus. the head of the syrian opposition coalition has declared that they will only attended the geneva peace conference if there is a set time frame for bashar al assad to step down rebel groups have been accused of hampering the disarmament efforts middle east analyst sharmeen are while me explains why they may be against damascus is apparent will to cooperate on the chemical weapons issue. but there is that but instead rebels have some their hands on some chemical weapons we've certainly seen in iraq and turkey rebels being apprehended with chemical agents components of chemical weapons in their possession . really important point and this is something i heard from a syrian government official earlier this year the syrian government has first some time now viewed chemical weapons as a liability and a burden precisely for these reasons because potentially rebels could get their
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hands on small amounts of these chemical agents and use them across the border in israel or turkey to then justify a military attack against the syrian government so they have been quite pleased that the international community has come together to in fact to rid them of these weapons so that excuse no longer exists. it's not take a look at some other world news for you this hour at least nine people have been killed by a string of insurgent attacks targeting security forces across iraq in the central city of book quba three police officers died and scores were injured after three suicide bombers blew themselves up one after another the surge in violence over recent months has claimed thousands of victims with authorities struggling to contain the bloodshed despite wide ranging operations and tightened security. at least six people including one child have died after a ferry capsized off the coast of thailand near the popular resort of. twenty
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people remain unaccounted for there are reports that up to two hundred were on board even though the maximum capacity is one hundred fifty the accident is being blamed on an engine problem which forced passengers to rush to one side of the vessel causing it to flip. meanwhile another boat has capsized off the western coast of me and maher leaving dozens of people missing there it was reportedly headed for bangladesh carrying about seventy passengers with only eight found so far the incident comes amid the u.n. warning of the start of an exit is from the country's. state which has been torn by ethnic clashes as many as fifteen hundred people have fled in the last week with several reports of drownings. the world's first bit coin a.t.m. was opened in the canadian city of vancouver this week the machine allows users to exchange their cyber currency into cash and vice versa and now take a look at how bitcoin works basically it's
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a currency used for online and transactions and to make it work clients set up web wallets hiding their names behind a digital code banks middlemen and attacks agencies are all left out reducing fees but the payment can still be traced next you choose whether to shop online using bitcoins or sell them for any physical currency such as the dollar or euro coins are collected through a process called mining which is basically a chain of computers cracking codes and getting coins in exchange but it's not all plain assailing last month the f.b.i. shut down the online black market silk road seizing nearly thirty million dollars worth of data points michel demeter from the bitcoin exchange store in vancouver told us what impact this may have on the digital currency gaining public credibility. but i think it definitely has the potential to be revolutionary it basically gets your cash into
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a digital form where you can send it around the world instantly with no middleman we've got any money laundering policy in place where we limit users to three thousand dollars per day every transaction you make is be recorded on a public ledger your name isn't it but if somebody wants to find out who was making that transaction it can be done the silk road is a perfect example of they ended up shutting down the silk road that was a peace and a b. black market e.-bay and they actually shut that down which is actually a very good thing for the currency as a whole as a lot of you will associate it associated with more in just directly with the silk road and so since it's been shut down the currency did dip about ten percent for both twelve hours and since then people realize that it's not just about the black market and it's actually a legitimate currency and it's actually got over one hundred percent since then well coming up it's a worlds apart with host talks on a boyko but before we go here are some of the week's images from the olympic flames
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record breaking journey across russia with less than one hundred days before the winter games in sochi olympic flame is continuing its ambitious relay it's already been to the north pole and in just a few days will blast off for the international space station the torch is passing through towns and cities of the world's biggest country currently touring russia's north don't forget that are to dot com there is a full selection of videos and photos from the olympic flames marathon. sigrid lumber tour. was to build
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a new. fortunately don't learn about anything tunes mission to teach music creation why it should care about humans and. this is why you should care only. what you're dealing with. a few years tell you where our children will just be. on the. media that's the future if you have a cease environment. we're going to face big problems. is on a big journey to such. one hundred twenty three days. through two hundred cities of russia. relayed by fourteen thousand people or sixty five thousand killings. in a record setting trip to. see another's face.
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a limp a torch relay. on r t r t dot com. hello and welcome to worlds apart one thing in common between fund managers and fashionistas is that preoccupation with chance then i'm just we're all about the tax crap the two thousand staff and today having a marching markets especially in the bric countries who are collectively at times to challenge the economic supremacy of the developed world our guest today believes that the world's fascination with brakes will be short sleeved and in fact is almost over but it doesn't necessarily mean the end of the rise of the rest well to discuss that i'm.

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